As of 6am, Feb 23, 2020:
WORLD COUNT: There are 77,990 confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the world. A total of 33 countries and territories have been affected so far. The number of deaths has risen to 2,363. Across the world, a total of 12,064 are in critical condition, while 21,318 previously infected persons have recovered.
CHINA: There are 76,291 confirmed cases of infection in China. The country’s death count now stands at 2,345 people. The World Health Organization-led team arrived in Wuhan, China, the epicentre of the outbreak, on Saturday (Feb 22). The team includes experts in epidemiology, virology, clinical management, outbreak control and public health. Hong Kong confirmed its 70th new case of COVID-19 in the country. A second flight from Japan bringing 84 people back from the Diamond Princess cruise ship landed in Hong Kong on Saturday. Among the passengers, 82 were Hong Kong residents and two Macao residents, who returned to Macao directly from the airport. Hong Kong said that 66 cases onboard the ship were Hong Kong residents who are currently under treatment in Japan. Macao’s case count stands at 10 cases.
AUSTRALIA: Australia now has 21 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus after six citizens evacuated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan tested positive for the virus. New Zealand has not confirmed any cases of COVID-19 in the country.
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